Internet telephony is a widely-used communication option in which the internet is used to transmit telephone calls. This can be either done from a computer to a traditional telephone set, from a computer to another computer and nowdays even from telephone devices to another telephone device.
Internet telephony employs a protocol that is referred to as VoIP, which stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. The mechanism of VoIP is the conversion of analog signals into digital ones, which can easily be transmitted over the internet. When a caller speaks into the microphone, his voice is converted into data that the computer can read. This data is then broken into small data packets for transmission to the user, just like any other data that we send over the internet. The entire process takes place within the fraction of a second.
At the receiving end, the reverse process takes place, with each data packet being reassembled into data compatible with the receiving machine. This machine then demodulates the data, converting it back into voice signals, which can be understood by the receiver. The final step in this process depends on whether the receiver is using a computer or a telephone system. In case of a telephone set, a gateway device is used to complete the demodulation process, whereas in case of a computer, the sound is heard using attached speakers or headphones.
Internet telephony offers several advantages over conventional voice calls. The biggest of these is the cost-efficiency that results from it not being time-based. It also allows users to avail several other useful features, such as conference calling, video conferencing, call transfer, caller ID, etc. Moreover, by enabling the use of computers for making phone calls, it makes it possible to keep in touch on the go. With the software installed, one can make internet phone calls from anywhere where there is an internet connection.
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